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Saturday November 28, 1998


For me, this long ago ceased to be primarily a legal or political issue and became instead a painful personal one, demanding atonement and daily work toward reconciliation and restoration of trust with my family, my friends, my Administration and the American people.

-- President Clinton, in statement responding to questions submitted by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Illinois), chairman of the House Judiciary committee


today's events

  • The Media Foundation marks its annual 'Buy Nothing Day' in an attempt to counteract holiday shopping 'affluenza' and return to a less commercialized season.

  • A funeral for Obie Scott is to be held in Marion, Georgia. He was the father of Coretta Scott King and a small-town storeowner who provided free groceries to the poor.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, November 29, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place in New York.

  • On Monday, November 30, a hearing for three boys charged on November 18 with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide at Burlington High School is scheduled in Racine, Washington. Prosecutors have asked for psychological evaluations of the boys.

  • On Tuesday, December 1, The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing in Washington on 'The Consequences of Perjury and Related Crimes.' Testimony is expected from judges and convicted perjurers.

  • On Wednesday, December 2, the 66th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in New York.

  • On Thursday, December 3, the target launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on an eleven-day International Space Station mission is scheduled at Cape Canaveral. The 'Endeavour' is tentatively scheduled to rendezvous with the Space Station on December 6.


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  • Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. is 69.
  • Actor Ed Harris ('The Right Stuff') is 48.
  • Former Senator Gary Hart is 60.
  • Actress Hope Lange ('Bus Stop') is 65.
  • Actor Judd Nelson ('The Breakfast Club') is 39.
  • Composer Randy Newman ('Ragtime') is 55.
  • Band leader Paul Shaffer is 49.

on this day

  • In 1520, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the strait which bears his name to the Pacific ocean.

  • In 1757, William Blake, the English poet, painter and engraver, was born.

  • In 1820, Friedrich Engels, the German socialist and associate of Karl Marx, was born; he edited the second and third volumes of Marx's "Das Kapital".

  • In 1821, Panama declared itself independent of Spain and joined the Republic of Colombia.

  • In 1905, the Irish political party Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin by Arthur Griffith.

  • In 1934, the U.S. bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson was killed near Barrington, Illinois, by FBI agents.

  • In 1958, Mauritania became an autonomous republic within the French Community; two years later on this day it achieved full independence.

  • In 1962, Wilhemina, Queen of the Netherlands from 1890-1948, died.

  • In 1964, the U.S. space probe Mariner 4 was launched on a journey to Mars; it passed within 5,400 miles of Mars in July 1965.

  • In 1971, the prime minister of Jordan, Wasfi Tell, was shot by Black September terrorists outside the Hilton Hotel in Cairo where he was on an official visit.

  • In 1979, an Air Zealand DC-10 flying from Auckland to the South Pole hit Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

  • In 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was clubbed to death in prison as he cleaned a toilet

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